ITV is preparing to remove programmes such as Broadchurch and Victoria from Netflix as it plans to launch a rival subscription streaming service alongside the BBC and Channel 4.
Dame Carolyn McCall, ITV’s chief executive, said the broadcaster is ready to pull down its archive of hit shows from Netflix to support plans for a competitor backed by Britain’s main channels.
ITV currently sells rights to archive boxsets to Netflix, including classics such as Prime Suspect and more recent successes such as Marcella, but Dame Carolyn said that in the future viewers “won’t be getting them on Netflix because we have the UK rights”.
“If we are developing subscription we have to develop it effectively,”…
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